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This Week at the Farmer’s Market

Happy Holiday greetings, friends! Tuesday is here and Wednesday is on the horizon. There’s a slight crispness in the air and only the calendar will give away that the end of November is here.

These are the days when warm comfort food is especially nice. Take home one of Kandy’s pho soup kits to twinkle your toes — soooo easy, you can have it ready in minutes! Or get comfortable with a creamy plate of white beans & sausage that Frankie’s made. The Boba Tea girls will be there with tasty herbed chicken dumplings and their sinfully delicious lemon blondies, boba tea blends and hot chocolate! There will be fresh veggies from Mr. Houston and Double K Farm fresh eggs. Now, that’s a crispy Wednesday in November!!!

Dancing into December, Saturday will dawn with the same spark as today and the tents will be raised, and laughter added and then the smell of a wood fire as Fikret Kazan and Isabella’s traveling pizza oven start baking gourmet pizzas for your sampling (and even some for bringing home).

There’s just something about December and chestnuts roasting by an open fire (yes, Mr. Pete is back!) that gives way to Christmas cravings — sorta like storing up goodies for the long hard winter to come 🙂 Well, storeroom, here I come!

Mauricio’s designer sugar cookies will, I’m sure, soon be sporting holiday decor and gingerbread men and ladies will join the cookie parade. Melt into Pam’s creamy buttermilk tarts (Tessier Gourmet) in luscious flavors of cranberry almond, traditional, chocolate, coconut and more. Mauthe’s decadent cheesecake!! Do I really need to say anymore? I can see your mouth is starting to water and you’re trying to decide whether you’ll get the family or the personal size.

And then you find yourself at Windfield Farms and Suzie’s incredible selection of muffins — cranberry, chocolate, blueberry, Morning Glory and end with her delicious raspberry crumble. Pace yourself; there are still 4 weeks left to the year. There will be time to indulge in Frankie’s fruity peach or blueberry cobblers, sweet apple tarts, lemon drop or blueberry breads or one of her coconut or chocolate cakes, complete with a generous frosting.

Happy Flour Bakery is adding their own version of sweetness in with shortbread, oat cakes, fruit breads, and scones—the raspberry chocolate chip were delightful and the pumpkin ones were awesome. Can’t wait to try other flavors. They will have gift baskets available, too, plus tins of fudge (milk chocolate with Bailey’s or Jameson Whisky, mist chocolate swirl, dark chocolate with Bailey’s espresso creme). Betty Rue’s gluten free muffins (blueberry or pumpkin) are absolutely amazing as are her dazzlingly delicious donuts and cookies (chocolate crinkle, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter chocolate chip and more).

More gift giving opportunity (that’s if they make it through the weekend) on Norma Jean’s table with her lovely carrot bread, delicious banana bread, and wow-it-can’t-possibly-be zucchini bread! Jennifer’s Bear Creek macaroons will adorn the season and your tummy! Those tasty little morsels have morphed from ghosts and pumpkins to turkeys to possibly snowmen and Santas.

And while we’re at it, let’s not forget jams and jellies. Althee has that magnificent Monkey Butter which would be a delightful addition to a warming breakfast of oatmeal or a peanut butter sammie (for that matter so would her apple pie jam). Of course, it would be equally tasty simply on a spoon… Not to be forgotten, Robin’s Rockin’ pepper jellies are ever so wonderful as a delicate coating over cream cheese just waiting for a cracker, and even though it’s a little too chilly for ice cream, pineapple rum, peach bourbon, or cranberry pecan are awesome on plain ole vanilla. No worries, a warm coverlet will take the chill away until the sweet heat from the jelly takes over.

Holidays are special whether your family has a formal setting, dressed to the nines, or they are more slap-it-on-a-paper-plate and find a place to sit kind of family. And, our Covington Farmers’ Market is special, too. Here you’ll find goodness at every turn – savory or sweet – and it wouldn’t be the same without you. Hope to see you there!

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org